The Google Reader shutdown: Last chance to move on

If you use Google Reader, you’ll know by now that Google is shutting the service down on July 1. That’s tomorrow. Since its launch in October 2005, Google Reader became a popular choice for many as the preferred method of subscribing to, reading and sharing information via RSS from blogs and websites. I’ve had a Google Reader account since its launch, yet I never really used Google Reader. My preference was a desktop reader programme: FeedDemon for Windows. I preferred a tool that ran on the computer I was using and that I could use offline, when there was no network connection – more common than not back in the early days – and that let me do far more […]

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The demise of two RSS readers marks the passing of an era

Yesterday, Google announced the sunsetting of eight products and services in a move they described as a second spring of cleaning. The one that is making headlines across the social web is Google Reader, the browser-based tool that aggregates and lets you read and share content from your RSS feeds. On the Google Reader Blog, software engineer Alan Green says there are two reasons for the closure: […] usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience. (My interpretation of the focus point – Google would prefer to have your attention and time with Google+, the embryonic […]

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Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz

After seven years, it’s time to say goodbye to Feedburner and say hello to Feedblitz. A week ago, I wrote about my worries that RSS feeds delivered via Feedburner might not work after October 20, after a note on the Google Developers’ Feedburner website said that the Feedburner APIs would shut down on that date. I noted at the time: RSS is the “delivery backbone” for creating and delivering much of the content that people use the internet for. You would have thought that turning off the flow of content that’s used by so many people and businesses is a pretty big deal, one that would warrant some communication from Google. I can find none. There’s been some big confusion […]

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Prepare for goodbye Feedburner in October 2012

[Update September 15: Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz. I decided to move away from Feedburner. The post you’re reading, and it’s update at the end, tries to throw some light on a murky picture, with limited success. I’ve made my decision to go to Feedblitz, explained in the new post.] Did you know that Google intends to shut down access to Feedburner’s APIs on October 20? A banner note on the Google Developers Feedburner API page makes that intent clear: Important: The Google Feedburner APIs have been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011 will be shut down on October 20, 2012. It is the case that Google signalled a limited future for Feedburner with its deprecation post in […]

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How to hack an RSS feed from a Twitter hashtag

If you moderate or participate in tweet chats, you know how frantic they can be. In a lively discussion, you can get a constant firehose of tweets pouring at you over the course of the chat, often an hour or so. Capturing the full flood of Twitter chat is no easy task. There are workarounds (eg, copy tweets and paste periodically into a text editor, or use Storify) yet most if not all are pretty manually intensive. As a continuing advocate and lover of RSS feeds, it’s great to learn of a simple and easy way to use RSS to automatically capture all tweets in a chat, and in a way that gives you the rich wholeness of a tweet: […]

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